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Canada: Premiers Want More Help From Ottawa To Meet Cannabis Deadline

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Jul 2017 - Canada's premiers say they will not be ready for the legalization of cannabis next summer if Ottawa does not clarify how to solve several public-health issues associated with ending 94 years of prohibition, such as how to prevent people from driving while high. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the closing news conference at the leaders' annual summer meeting in Edmonton that provinces need guidance on five problems: road safety and enforcement, preparation and training on distribution, taxation, public education, and how supply and demand of the legal drug might affect the black market. It is still possible that recreational cannabis will be available to all Canadians by July 1, 2018, she said, but much more work needs to be done over the next year if the provinces are to be ready.

CN NF: Column: Smoke Signals

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Advertiser, 20 Jul 2017 - In my boyhood days it was not uncommon to see, in an American Western movie, a US Cavalry officer look concerned at the sight of smoke signals on the trail ahead. Smoke signals often meant a battle was about to happen with the usual loser being - the Indians, of course!

US HI: Big Island Still Has Most Medical Marijuana Users

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 17 Jul 2017 - Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's medical marijuana program were located on the Big Island. Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.

CN MB: Selling Pot 'Competition' With Gangs

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Jul 2017 - Pallister says marijuana legalization makes province a dealer OTTAWA is forcing the provincial government to compete with street gangs in the marijuana business next summer, Premier Brian Pallister said Friday.

CN AB: Majority Of Drugs Seized By Alert Is Marijuana

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 17 Jul 2017 - Of the $8.65 million in illegal drugs the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) pulled off of Alberta's streets, well over half of it was marijuana. "Marijuana remains highly profitable for organized crime," said Insp. Dave Dubnyk with ALERT. "It's traded for other drugs, used for financing illegal enterprises."

CN AB: Sticky Situation: Weed Derivative Sparks Debate

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 17 Jul 2017 - Alberta police are sounding the alarm about a trending drug that one user says is crucial to her well being. St. Albert RCMP announced last Thursday they had seized 49 grams of the highly concentrated marijuana derivative "shatter" from a home in Fleetwood Crescent, where they also seized more than 100 grams of marijuana.

CN NS: Researchers Want Two Weed Streams

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 18 Jul 2017 - Dalhousie duo say recreational, medical need to be separate Dalhousie researchers are lending their voices to the debate on keeping the medical and recreational streams of marijuana separate. The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation published recommendations in a framework for legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2016.

Canada: Teen Talks Fentanyl On National Tour

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 18 Jul 2017 - Leila Attar to discuss dangers of the drug with youth, parents Leila Attar was unconscious on the floor of her Ottawa home when a loud knock at her door shook her from a drug-induced blackout at 2 a.m.

CN AB: Officer Saves Overdose Victim With Naloxone Kit

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Fort McMurray Today, 14 Jul 2017 - Police are crediting a quick-thinking officer with a Naloxone kit for saving a man's life in Janvier earlier this week. According to Wood Buffalo RCMP, an officer was making a routine patrol through the hamlet, located approximately 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, on July 12 when the officer was flagged down.

CN MB: Pallister Wants Feds To Delay Pot Legalization Timeline

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 14 Jul 2017 - Manitoba's premier believes legal pot sellers will be forced to compete with gangs and lack a sufficient supply of the drug to do so. Premier Brian Pallister he expects the "unrealistic" federal timeline that mandates pot sales be legalized by July 2018 will lead to direct competition between legal and illegal sellers. He plans to lobby fellow premiers at a first ministers meeting in Edmonton next week to join his call to delay that date.

CN SN: Column: Drug Talk Now A Family Essential

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 15 Jul 2017 - The lethal danger of fentanyl is becoming well-known. No one knows precisely how many people die per year in Canada from opioid overdoses. Last year, there were 922 opioid overdose deaths in B.C. alone, and more than 340 overdose deaths in Alberta were specifically from fentanyl. While Saskatchewan numbers are much smaller and their official count is unclear at this point, the drug's lethal toll may well be on the rise in this province as well; it is clearing coming east from the coast and from Alberta. Fentanyl is a pain killer, once used solely in veterinary treatment of large animals. It is an opiate, used effectively by medical specialists, especially surgeons, but used inappropriately, it is very dangerous. Unfortunately the drug is also used illicitly as a mood-modifying, recreational drug. It is often used unknowingly by youth, or with careless abandon on an experimental basis, after being acquired on its own through illicit street transactions or laced into other drugs. It is also used by intensely addicted individuals living a lifestyle expressing an intention of gradual suicide.

US: As Opioid Overdoses Exact A Higher Price, Communities Ponder Who

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Washington Post, 15 Jul 2017 - SHOULD BE SAVED MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The coroner here in the outer suburbs of Cincinnati gets the call almost every day. Man "slumped over the dining room table." Woman "found in the garage." Man "found face down on the kitchen floor of his sister's residence." Man "on his bedroom floor -- there was a syringe beneath the body." Coroner Lisa K. Mannix chronicles them all in autopsy reports.

US: Column: The Crisis In Americaas Crime Labs

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 16 Jul 2017 - Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in America's government-run crime labs - and it's not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is long-festering and systemic.

CN MB: Manitoba Slow To Sniff Out Pot-legalization Opportunities

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Jul 2017 - THE Manitoba government will never have enough time to study and prepare for the impending legalization of marijuana. At least, that's how Canadian cannabis advocate and president of Winnipeg 420's organizing committee, Steven Stairs, sees it.

CN ON: Ontario Launches Survey On Legal Pot

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 13 Jul 2017 - A new online survey launched Wednesday wants to gather public thoughts on how Ontario should approach legalizing marijuana. It wants to know how it can do it in a way that "protects youth, prevents harms and ensures that Ontario's roads continue to be among the safest in North America," according to a media release.

CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Opposed

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 13 Jul 2017 - Proposed shop linked to Sahota family angers activists Activists in the Downtown Eastside rallied at Vancouver City Hall on Wednesday afternoon - but this time their demand wasn't for more housing, to save Chinatown, or to halt a developer.

CN BC: Editorial: Victoria Drops The Hammer Again On Pot Regulation

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Oak Bay News, 14 Jul 2017 - A decision to increase the minimum distance between marijuana dispensaries in Victoria, as part of the rezoning and business licensing process for such shops, was no doubt applauded by many. It seems this creating of a larger buffer zone - from 200 to 400 metres between shops - at an earlier point in the process could have helped avoid the proliferation of such outlets, which sprung up in virtually every neighbourhood in very short order.

US OH: Heroin, Cocaine Are Cheap, Potent And Widely Available

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 13 Jul 2017 - Heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs remain widely available throughout Ohio, often at bargain prices, a new state report reveals. If that isn't bad enough, the quality of the drugs is "is really good, too good. We've lost 12 friends in the past year (to overdoses)," said one respondent in the just-released Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network Report. The semi-annual statewide report of drug availability trends is done by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

US KY: Bevin And Beshear Ask Judge To Dismiss Medical Marijuana

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 13 Jul 2017 - Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear want a Frankfort judge to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky. In a motion filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Bevin's attorneys said medical marijuana is a "political question" that should be decided by the General Assembly, not a judge.

US PA: Audit: Pennsylvania Isn't Evaluating Addiction Programs

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:00
Morning Call, 13 Jul 2017 - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania state government is not measuring the effectiveness of many of its addiction treatment programs that can be helpful in the fight against the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug overdoses, auditors said Thursday. The audit launched last year by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recommends that three state agencies -- the departments of Human Services, Corrections and Drug and Alcohol Programs -- do more to assess whether their addiction treatment programs are successful in curing people. It also warns that more money is needed to fund the effort.

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